For the love of parks: architectural tours go green!

Parc Jarry
Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant

This article was updated on August 10, 2023.

We all know parks benefit communities, but do we realize just HOW MUCH? These five brand new ArchitecTours walks, guided by savvy Heritage Montréal history buffs, will open our eyes to famous Montréal parks and the major impact each has had on its respective neighbourhood.

A walk in the park(s)

Running until October 5, 2023, Héritage Montréal’s five new ArchitecTours delve into the park-installation boom that took Montréal by storm in the late 19th century. As a reaction to the city’s vast industrialization, parks were established to provide gathering areas that encouraged physical activity and fresh air for local communities.


These are the latest in Héritage Montréal’s ongoing offer of fascinating walking tours, each guided by volunteers whose passion for history knows no bounds. Their 2-hour walking tours are among the city’s best.


Five green spaces to explore

Mount Royal Park - Monument à sir George-Étienne Cartier

Jeanne-Mance Park and its surroundings

Located between Mount Royal and the densely populated Plateau neighbourhood, Jeanne-Mance Park is at the crossroads of nature and city. No wonder it’s such a beloved gathering place both for afterwork picnics and frisbee games, or cross-country skiing in the cold months!

Morgan Park and its neighbourhood

Starting at Morgan Boulevard, this tour will walk you through the history of the City Beautiful movement, a progressive social reform movement in urban planning and architecture dating from the 1890s. It looked to create monumental grandeur in cities through the creation of wide boulevards, parks and large-scale public buildings.


Outremont park

Outremont and its parks

Renowned for its many pretty parks, the tawny neighbourhood of Outremont illustrates a philosophy of urban planning focussed on the interweaving of green spaces within the built environment. This tour invites you to discover how this landscape heritage affected the neighbourhood’s urban fabric.

Beaudet Park and Vieux Saint-Laurent

This tour starts at Beaudet Park, in the heart of the original village of Saint-Laurent, and spans out to explore the area’s green spaces. Today they co-exist with institutions, residential areas and the industrial sector for which the neighbourhood is perhaps best known.


Parc Jarry

Jarry Park and its neighbourhood

At the junction of two neighbourhoods, Parc Extension to the west and Villeray to the east, this large municipal park has evolved to meet citizens’ needs and provides a variety of sports facilities, including cricket pitches and the annual National Bank tennis open. Discover how changing needs have shaped this green space and its surroundings.


Final details

Each of these ArchitecTours departs at 10:30 am in English (and at 10 am and 2 pm in French). Each is a two-hour walking tour, rain or shine!


You must purchase your tickets online here, as no on-site registration is possible. Make sure you pick your language of choice upon registration.


Bonne découverte!

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant is a Montréal-based editor and storyteller with a curiosity that runs deeper than most. She has chatted life philosophies with celebrity chefs, gemologists, arena rockers and furries. (All were transformative.) Her free time is spent designing jewellery and laughing at her husband’s jokes.

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